Stuffed Pepper Soup
This Stuffed Pepper Soup is great for a cold winter night and it’s perfect for everyone who likes stuffed peppers made with rice! Check out Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup if you prefer a version of this tasty soup made with cauliflower rice!
Sometimes an idea pops into my head and when I check online I notice that other people have had the same idea. That’s what happened with this recipe; I had Stuffed Pepper Soup down in my notebook, and when I decided to make it I found out just how many other people have made a soup inspired by stuffed peppers!
That didn’t stop me from creating my version, which uses both hot turkey Italian sausage and lean ground beef, and has a “secret” ingredient to add flavor. Jake and I both loved the soup, and when I gave my sister Pam some to take to work for her lunch she texted me in the middle of the day to say she loved it too. If you like stuffed peppers at all, I promise you’re going to love this soup!
This recipe makes a huge pot of soup, but this freezes well (although you’ll probably want to add a little stock or water when you reheat it, because the rice absorbs the liquid.)
What ingredients do you need?
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- cooked rice
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- Italian Herb Seasoning (affiliate link)
- green bell peppers
- brown Cremini mushrooms
- hot turkey or pork Italian sausage
- ground beef
- crushed tomatoes + 2 cans water
- canned beef broth (affiliate link)
- Worcestershire sauce or Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link)
- ketchup or sugar-free ketchup (affiliate link
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- freshly-grated Parmesan cheese (optional but good)
What if you don’t like spicy Italian Sausage?
You can definitely make the Stuffed Pepper Soup with mild Italian sausage if you prefer, or skip the sausage and double the amount of ground beef.
Want Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup?
This Stuffed Pepper Soup with rice has about 25 net carbs per serving. If you’d prefer Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup just follow the link and make the version with cauliflower rice with only about 7 net carbs per serving.
How to Make Stuffed Pepper Soup:
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- I used my beloved rice cooker (affiliate link) to cook the rice, but you can cook using any method you prefer. (This is more rice than you need.)
- I think browning the onions, peppers, and mushrooms in advance is really important to add flavor to the soup.
- Saute onions in olive oil until they’re starting to brown, then add the Italian Herb Blend and cook 1-2 minutes longer. Transfer to large soup pot.
- Saute the peppers in the same pan, cooking them until they’re getting just a slight char on the edges. Transfer peppers to soup pot.
- Mushrooms are probably optional in this, but I thought they were good. Saute the mushrooms until they’re released their liquid and are starting to brown, then transfer to the soup pot.
- I had a package of turkey Italian sausage with five links, and I was using two links for another recipe, so I just used the other three to test the recipe. I’d use the whole package for a meatier soup next time.
- Brown the ground beef and sausage together, cooking until it’s starting to get nicely browned.
- Then add the browned meat to the soup pot along with the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, water, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup (the secret ingredient) and simmer about 30 minutes. (I used an 8 quart soup pot to make this, but as you can see, it could have been a little smaller.)
- After the soup has cooked at least 30 minutes, add the rice (and a little more water if you think it’s needed) and let the soup simmer 15 minutes more.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve soup hot, with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table.
More Soup with Italian Sausage:
- Italian Sausage, Tomato, and Pesto Soup
- White Bean Soup with Italian Sausage, Zucchini, and Basil
- Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
- 2 cups cooked rice (see notes)
- 4 tsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, chopped fairly small
- 1 T Italian Herb Blend
- 2 green bell peppers, stems and seeds removed and chopped into pieces about 5/8 inch across
- 8 oz. brown Cremini mushrooms, washed if needed and then cut in half or fourths (see notes)
- one 19.5 oz. package hot turkey Italian sausage
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 2 15 oz. cans crushed tomatoes + 2 cans water
- 3 14 oz cans beef broth (see notes)
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup (see notes)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional but good)
- Cook long-grain white rice (I used Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice) according to package instructions to make 2 cups cooked rice. (I used my beloved rice cooker - affiliate link.)
- Heat 2 tsp. oil in a large frying pan, add chopped onion and saute over medium high heat until the onion is barely browned on the edges.
- Add Italian Herb Seasoning (affiliate link), and cook 1-2 minutes more.
- Add onion to soup pot. (I used an 8 quart soup pot for this, but it could have been a little smaller.)
- In the same frying pan, add the chopped green pepper and saute until the edges have a slight char.
- Add peppers to soup pot.
- Then add the mushrooms to the same pan and cook until mushrooms release their liquid and are slightly browned.
- Add mushrooms to soup pot.
- Add the other 2 tsp. olive oil to the pan along with the ground beef and the sausage which you’ve squeezed out of the casing.
- Cook the meat until it’s nicely browned, turning several times and breaking apart with the back of the turner.
- Add browned meat to the soup pot along with the crushed tomatoes, 2 cans water, 3 cans beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup (I use Heinz reduced-sugar ketchup).
- Bring soup to a low simmer, then cook on low about 30 minutes.
- Add the rice and cook 15 minutes more, adding a little more water if you think it’s needed.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.
I used Ben’s Original Converted Rice, which is a low-glycemic variety of white rice. Mushrooms are optional in this soup, but good. Use about 5 cups homemade beef stock if you have some. I used Heinz Low-Sugar Ketchup (affiliate link).
This soup will keep for quite a few days in the fridge and also freezes well. The rice will absorb some of the liquid in the soup when it’s stored, so you’ll need to add a little water or beef stock when you reheat. For best flavor, reheat in a small pan on the stove.
Recipe created by Kalyn, possibly inspired by many other versions of Stuffed Pepper Soup found online.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 427Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 1530mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 39g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Using the rice makes this Stuffed Pepper Soup Phase 2 or 3 for the South Beach Diet, and if you’re making it for South Beach I would recommend using Ben’s Original Converted Rice (affiliate link) or brown rice. If you want lower carbs, I have a good recipe for Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
The Stuffed Pepper Soup with rice was first posted in 2013. It was last updated with more information in 2023.